Zuda shut down, part 2: Creator responses

Dave Harper of Multiversity Comics posts some of the reactions from a few of the Zuda creators (David Gallaher, Peter Timony, Caanan Grall, Brock Heasley, James Fosdike, Niki Smith) upon hearing the news of Zuda’s demise. (h/t Robot 6) David Gallaher (High Moon, reviewed here) and Brock Heasley (Monsterplex, the non-Zuda SuperFogeys which was reviewed here) have posted on this site in the past, making their accounts of the matters somewhat personal.

Gallaher is more collected, since High Moon has established a bit of a name for itself.

David Gallaher: Zuda lives on – both as an imprint — and as a community of innovation professionals that embrace ‘no fear’. For aspiring professionals and the industry as a whole I think it should be q wake up call to not hold back with your art and storytelling. Be bold, be fearless — find like-minded creators and go forward!

On a personal note, I’ve always wanted to read the entirety of High Moon at some point. Looks like I’ll have to wait to get an iPad.

Brock’s reaction, on the other hand, is rather pained. He’d just won a contract February of this year, and he’s now considering talking to DC to get the rights to Monsterplex back.

Brock Heasley (writer of February 2010’s winner Monsterplex): I felt like I’d been kicked by a mule. I got word via official email (like the rest of the dispatched creators) about a half hour before the rest of the world found out and it was…not what I was hoping for. I mean, I’d be lying if I said that it was completely unexpected. I had my suspicions something was coming after the competitions were shut down in April, but to shut us down so completely before we even got a chance to produce more pages (Monsterplex won the February competition and had been in a holding pattern since then), that’s what really stung at first. I don’t expect the world to be fair, but by any reasonable estimation we got handed a raw deal. That said, we were luckier than most and I recognize that. We did win and that will always be so.

But for a lot of them, there was also an air of inevitability. While the news was surprising, the writing was already on the wall. To quote Mr. Heasley, “this is a sad day for webcomics.”


About El Santo

Somehow ended up reading and reviewing almost 300 different webcomics. Life is funny, huh? Despite owning two masks, is not actually a luchador.

Posted on July 2, 2010, in The Webcomic Overlook, webcomics and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. What will happen to the ones nominated for Eisners? Ughhh want Bayou.

    • Bayou will be fine. It’s one of the free comics being offered by the DC app (though only the first issue, which is, like, the first 20 pages). I think Bayou and High Moon will do fine in the long run. If Zuda goes, I imagine they’d find a nice home at Vertigo. It’s a lot of the “smaller” comics I’m worried about. Besides, voting for the Eisners is officially closed so the news is not going to affect who wins or who loses.

  2. So they do lose their work. While the Zuda’s work has been exceptional and laudible in engaging webcomic fans and improving interests in the format, lauding and venerating Zuda’s ghost like some noble fallen warrior a la Gallagher doesn’t hide the fact that for some Zuda artists such as Brock Heasley this is a real kick in the teeth and for all the nice words, what DC has done has sown mistrust amongst the webcomic community about big time publishers and their real intentions when they approach webcomics.

  3. That’s a huge bummer to hear about what happened to Brock. I can’t help but think they’ll do the right thing and revert the rights back to him…Fingers crossed, that’s a damn shame.

    Zuda shutting down was a bit surreal for me. I was up there about a year ago with my comic: Spy6teen…we “lost” and spent some time deciding what we wanted to do with our comic– ultimately, we decided to release it as our own webcomic– Last week, we started with page 1– the same week Zuda closed its doors.

    Strange symmetry for me…

    Ultimately, I’m sad to see Zuda go. But, I’m happy that I was a part of its legacy and thankful that I made friendship that will surely stand the test of time because of it.

    Although there isn’t a whole lot of content, you guys are more than welcome to come check out our relaunched comic:

    …there is life after Zuda!

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